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Robert Harry Unsworth

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Robert Harry Unsworth (1864-1915) of Ransomes and Rapier

1911 Living at 9 Surring House, Warrington Road, Ipswich: Robert Harry Unsworth (age 46 born Manchester), Director and Works Manager of a Firm of Mechanical Engineers. With his wife Anna Louisa and their son and his SIL.[1]


1915 Obituary [2]

ROBERT HARRY UNSWORTH was born in Manchester on 8th December 1864.

He received his education privately, and served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Mather and Platt, Manchester, from 1878 to 1885, in which year he started a course of technical education at the Royal College of Science, Dublin, leaving in 1887 with a Whitworth Scholarship and the Diploma of Associate.

In 1888 he was engaged by Messrs. Ransomes and Rapier, Ltd., of Ipswich, as draughtsman. He was made assistant works manager in 1892 and works manager in 1896, ultimately joining the Board of Directors, and filling the position of general manager.

His death took place suddenly at Birmingham on 20th March 1915, at the age of fifty.

He was prominently engaged in the designing of the sluices for the Manchester Ship Canal, and for those of the Aswan Dam. He was interested in inventions with regard to the elevating gear for concrete mixers, as well as a special digging crane which could be readily converted into a standard breakdown crane. He took a prominent part in the education of young engineers, and was a member of the Advisory Committee formed for the purpose of assisting the local Education Committee.

He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1904.


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